Heavy metal mainstays Iced Earth are gearing up for the January 21st release of Plagues Of Babylon, their 11th studio album (pre-order here). In anticipation of this album, the band has released a stream of the track “Among The Living Dead”, which you can see below. The video uses all sorts of horror imagery, creating a dark atmosphere to match the harsh metal. Give it a view below!
Oh, and as a bonus you can download the track for free here. READ MORE
Century Media Records have announced that they will be celebrating their 25th anniversary by teaming up with iTunes to bring you 25 albums for only $7.99 or less. The sale begins today and runs through December 16th and sees albums on sale from such artists as In Flames, Lacuna Coil, Celtic Frost, Nachtmystium, God Forbid, In This Moment, and more. A full list of the bands and albums for sale can be found below. READ MORE
Wacken Open Air, the world’s largest heavy metal festival, has announced that all 75,000 tickets for the 2014 show have sold in less than 48 hours. Let me reiterate that, shall I? A concert that isn’t going to happen for 358 days has sold out in less than 48 hours!!! It is the ninth year in a row that Wacken has sold out and, in this case, only 12 bands have even been announced! However, I do have to say that some of them are pretty damn awesome. Attendees will be able to check out bands like Amon AmarthM, Behemoth, Children Of Bodom, Prong, Emperor, King Diamond, and more. Additional bands will be announced over the next several months.
Head on down to see Trivium‘s performance from this year’s concert. READ MORE
Prog-metal group Soen will be releasing their debut album Cognitive in the States this summer. The album was originally released last Winter via Spinefarm Records. The 10-track album features some fantastic songs and is well worth checking out if you’re a fan of Tool or Porcupine Tree.
Soen features Martin Lopez (ex-Opeth, Amon Amarth), bassist Steve DiGiorgio (Sadus, Testament, Death, Iced Earth), vocalist Joel Ekelöf (Willowtree), and guitarist Kim Platbarzdis. Cognitive was mixed by David Bottrill (Tool, Coheed and Cambria, Silverchair, Smashing Pumpkins, Muse).
Head below to see their video for “Savia”. READ MORE
Century Media Records has announced the Carnival Of Sounds II sampler, which includes music from 16 artists under their label. The download is 100% free and features some really great bands, including Destiny Potato, who I’m keeping a close eye on. Also included are the badass Vildhjarta and the legendary Devin Townsend (interview). All info, including track list, can be found below. READ MORE
Danish rockers Volbeat have announced a full North American summer tour that will see support coming from Hellyeah as well as Iced Earth. The band is touring in support of their latest album, Beyond Hell/Above Heaven. Meanwhile, Hellyeah will be releasing a new album on July 17th entitled Band Of Brothers. You can see the full touring schedule below.
Iconic rocker Sebastian Bach will be releasing a new solo album on September 27th titled Kicking And Screaming. Bach claims, ”I could not be happier with my new album. The songs, performances and sound quality are beyond what I could have ever imagined. This is my best record yet and I can’t wait for all of you to crank it!”
The album features virtuoso guitarist Nick Sterling and drummer Bobby Jarzombek (Iced Earth, Halford, Riot) and is produced by Bob Marlette (Black Sabbath, Shinedown, Atreyu, Filter).
After months of anticipation, the highly acclaimed new full-length In This Moment album, A Star-Crossed Wasteland, is now available in stores everywhere. The band kicked off their massive worldwide touring cycle for the new album by taking part in this summer’s Rockstar Mayhem Fest, which started this past weekend. Check out a new video message from Maria Brink (vocals) below.
Also, the official video for the new track “The Gun Show” can be viewed HERE.
At the Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival, the new In This Moment disc will be exclusively available at the Century Media/Metal Army booth and this is the only place that the group will be doing any signings on the Mayhem Festival tour, so be sure to come say hello and get your disc signed. These signings are always 30 mins after their set, so don’t miss out on this special opportunity.
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German metallers BLIND GUARDIAN have posted song samples of all ten tracks from their upcoming tenth studio album on their homepage. Their fifth studio trailer featuring lead singer Hansi Kürsch is now available on YouTube. Check inside for links to each episode.
San Francisco Bay Area thrash legends, DEATH ANGEL, will have a live stream of their headlining show July 12 at The Muse in Nashville, TN. Point your web browsers to http://themusenashville.com/index.php at 8 pm Pacific/ 9 pm Mountain/ 10 pm Central/ 11 pm Eastern to catch the show. Check inside for more info about their tour.
Today is yet another sad day in music as Paul Gray, bassist of Slipknot, has been found dead in a hotel in Iowa. I saw this news on Blabbermouth.net, so I’ll just repost a bit of their article here. I will say though that although I didn’t enjoy the last few Slipknot records, their debut album was one of my favorite records for the first several years of the 2000 decade. I spun that record more times than I can count and I credit that album as one of the reasons I got into the more extreme genres of metal.
R.I.P. Paul, you will be missed. You can read a personal remembrance by our friend Rick Florino here. READ MORE
Historically, music has always been at its most powerful when coming from a place of oppression or struggle. As the reality of making ends meet in North America becomes a bleaker prospect with each passing year, regular people who never before questioned their own government, are now finding themselves looking for answers to explain the increasing levels of difficulty and fear we are all now forced to deal with.
ICED EARTH brainchild, Jon Schaffer, has developed a new project, SONS OF LIBERTY, for the purpose of spreading awareness about the current state of affairs worldwide. Schaffer’s goal for this project is not to sell records, t-shirts or tickets, but rather wake people up and to get them to start researching and talking with each other. He setup the very informative resource website www.sons-of-liberty.net as a think-tank containing lots of interesting web-links, book and movie recommendations, and much more. SONS OF LIBERTY: Brush-Fires of The Mind is set for a July 13th release.
Richard Christy’s Charred Walls Of The Damned is hitting the road! Fans will FINALLY have the chance to watch Richard Christy and Tim “Ripper” Owens perform the songs from Charred Walls Of The Damned’s debut album love this July. They’ll be touring from Chicago, through Canada and up to Worcester, MA for a massive show with Dream Theater! The tour will also feature comedian Don Jamieson from VH1 Classic’s “That Metal Show” (http://www.donjamieson.com).
A limited number of VIP tickets will be available. The VIP ticket includes a meet and greet with Charred Walls Of The Damned, a Limited edition poster to be signed by the band, a limited edition EXCLUSIVE t-shirt, and you will also be allowed to bring any other personal items to have the guys from the band sign!
There is no better way for Century Media Records to celebrate their 20th Anniversary in North America than by having the band that propelled them to success return home. Iced Earth, one of the most groundbreaking metal bands of all time is extremely excited to announce a return to their roots by partnering back up with Century Media. This new worldwide deal sees the band rejoin the label that released the legendary albums The Dark Saga and Something Wicked This Way Comes, as well as all of the early Iced Earth albums. In addition to Iced Earth, Century Media will also release Jon Schaffer’s Sons Of Liberty project.
Antje Lange, managing director of Century Media Records Europe, comments: “We are extremely happy and proud to welcome Jon Schaffer and his bands Sons Of Liberty and Iced Earth back on the label. Schaffer is one of the most talented and charismatic musicians in metal and it is an honor for us as a label to work with him. Despite an already very successful past, we feel that an even bigger success is in the cards for the future.”
Recently I got the honor of interviewing legendary Richard Christy about everything from his new band Charred Walls Of The Damned to what movie scared him the most as a kid and also what movie he’s looking forward to scaring him the most this year.